This could be one of the more intriguing nights of the offseason. This is the deadline for the Orioles to offer players contracts for the 2014 season.
Once they do that, players are considered signed, and even though Dan Duquette has indicated that he will offer contracts to each of the nine players eligible for arbitration, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some maneuvering tonight.
Last year’s big news was that the team wasn’t going to tender Mark Reynolds. There was some talk that the Orioles wouldn’t offer Nolan Reimold a contract, but the team likes his work ethic and his determination to come back from injuries. They also have yet to sign an outfielder in free agency.
The speculation about Jim Johnson was just that. He could still be traded, but Johnson will get a contract.
There was no question about Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter and Bud Norris. But, there were questions about Brian Matusz and Troy Patton. One could be traded. Steve Pearce, who was outrighted last year, was also a question mark.
And there’s lots of talk about the non-tenders coming on to the already crowded free agent market. A year ago, Atlanta non-tendered Jair Jurrjens, whom the Orioles later signed. He was a non-factor during the season, and is free again.